Thursday, May 26, 2011

Favorite Podcast Phrases

As I listen to a fair amount of Warhammer Fantasy Podcasts (ok I listen to all of them) I've grown to love the expressions that some of the guys are using.  I figured I would share some of my favorites with definitions provided by The Phrase Finder.
 
SWINGS AND ROUNDABOUTS:  : The whole saying is "what you lose on the swings, you gain on the roundabouts". It's originally a saying of fairground folk, and it means that a loss in one field [selling tickets for the swings] is balanced by profit in another [selling tickets for the roundabouts]. An early citation is "What's lost upon the roundabouts we pulls up on the swings" from a novel by P Chalmers, "Green Days & Blue Days", published 1912.
 
My take is that this phrase is a way to convey that in Warhammer (especially in 8th edition) the different areas of the game balance themselves out.  Sort of ying and yang or rock, paper, scissors.  For example the counter to large units can be the number 6 spells.

3 comments:

Domus said...

Which podcast is this from? I'm still not listening to as many as I should be.

retroalias said...

This would be from Mr. Dan Heelan, of HeelanHammer.

Domus said...

Cool! I've got to work my way back through all the HeelenHammers and Bad Dice. I'm really only keeping up with Pointhammered & Brohammer but that will change once I get back to my treadmill routine.

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